Jon Daniels regrets Matt Garza trade

Jon Daniels RangersJon Daniels is regarded as a pretty good baseball executive but, like anyone else, he’s made some bad trades to go along with his good ones. One such trade is his acquisition of Matt Garza from the Chicago Cubs last season, one that he now regrets.

In an interview with the Arizona Republic, Daniels shared his remorse over the trade.

“I thought way too short term with the Garza deal last year,” he said. “That one’s got a chance to haunt us and haunt me.”

Garza went 6-1 with a 3.17 ERA in 11 starts with the Cubs before the Rangers acquired him. He went 4-5 with a 4.38 ERA in 13 starts for the Rangers.

The Rangers gave up Mike Olt, C.J. Edwards, Justin Grimm and Neil Ramirez in the trade. Olt was once considered a strong power-hitting prospect, but he struggled in Triple-A last season. Grimm is 8-10 with a 6.35 ERA in 112 innings. Edwards is 22 and has gone 13-5 with a 1.72 ERA in 183 minor-league innings. Ramirez is a former first-round pick who spent the year at Double-A. He’s 36-35 with a 4.37 ERA in the minors.

I’m guessing off all the players they gave up, Daniels might be worried about Edwards haunting them. But, hey, you have to give something up to get something when it comes to trades, right?

H/T Dallas News

Ian Kinsler: I hope Rangers and ‘sleazeball’ GM go 0-162

Ian-Kinsler-RangersIan Kinsler is excited to start fresh with the Detroit Tigers after being traded for Prince Fielder. Unlike many players who are dealt, Kinsler is not wishing the best for his former team.

In an interview with ESPN the Magazine that was published on Tuesday, Kinsler called Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels a “sleazeball” for the way he has handled himself in recent years. For starters, Kinsler thought trading friend and former teammate Michael Young to the Phillies after the 2012 season was a huge mistake that left Kinsler with a role he disliked.

“It hurt us,” Kinsler said. “He held everything together. … I was bogged down. They wanted me to lead these young players, teach them the way to compete, when the only thing I should be worried about is how I’m performing in the game.”

The 31-year-old infielder said the Rangers asked him to move from second to first last season to make room for 19-year-old Jurickson Profar. Kinsler refused and told the team the youngster would have to earn it just like he did. By trading Kinsler, the team has now created a vacancy for Profar to fill.

[Read more...]

Nolan Ryan, Jon Daniels reportedly had heated confrontation

Nolan RyanNolan Ryan and Jon Daniels nearly came to blows in a heated confrontation on Tuesday night, according to a report from 105.3 The Fan in Dallas.

“New School” hosts Shan Shariff and RJ Choppy of The Fan say the two Texas Rangers executives were face-to-face and had to be separated by manager Ron Washington. The hosts don’t know the reason for the fight, but they speculate that it was over bench coach Jackie Moore and first base coach Dave Anderson. The Rangers announced the following day that two coaches would not be back with the team, so it’s plausible that one wanted them out while the other wanted them to keep their jobs.

Daniels is the President of Baseball Operations and General Manager of the Rangers, while Ryan is the team’s CEO. Going back to spring training, reports have stated that Ryan was unhappy with his role on the team and the increase in power given to Daniels.

We don’t know the exact reason for the fight, but the firing of the coaches seems like a reasonable source of friciton. And we do have a pretty good idea of how a Daniels-Ryan fight might have gone down had it taken place:

[Read more...]

Jon Daniels upset Josh Hamilton didn’t give Rangers chance to match offer

For the second offseason in a row, the Angels pulled off a stunner by signing the biggest free agent bat on the market, all without so much as a whisper indicating they were in on the negotiations. The team agreed to a five-year, $125 million deal with outfielder Josh Hamilton, who spent the last five seasons with the Texas Rangers.

Rangers GM Jon Daniels spoke to the media on Thursday and said he was disappointed Hamilton and his agent didn’t give Texas a chance to match the Angels’ offer.

“Our full expectation was that the phone call was going to be before he signed, certainly not after and giving us an idea,” Daniels said Thursday, via MLB.com. “Josh had indicated recently, last week, he told us he felt it might be time to move on, but that we were still talking. I’m not going to get in to the reason, technically, why. I thought we had additional conversations this week that had moved it along in a positive direction. Apparently not.

“It’s business, and everybody has to make their own calls and he has a family to look out for,” Daniels said. “I get it. Josh has done a lot for the organization, the organization has done a lot for Josh — a lot of things that aren’t public and things of that nature. I’m a little disappointed in how it was handled, but he had a decision to make and he made it.”

Daniels made it clear that he was not bothered that Hamilton accepted a five-year offer from a good club that was offering a lot of money. He understands that. He just wishes Hamilton had given them a last chance to negotiate.

“My disappointment stems more from the fact that there was a relationship over time. I thought we understood that we had a chance to at least have a conversation. This isn’t restricted free agency in the NFL where you get an offer sheet and a chance to match it. We never expected that. But we thought with the relationship that we’d have one more conversation before the fact and that didn’t happen. I wish him well. I wish him and his family well.”

If you piece together the information, it becomes obvious that Hamilton did not want to return to Texas.

[Read more...]